North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Taurus VS 2017 Toyota Camry Near Jasper, GA

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2017 Ford Taurus

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2017 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

The Taurus offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camry doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Camry doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Taurus’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Camry has a metal gas tank.

Both the Taurus and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Ford Taurus weighs 484 to 1098 pounds more than the Toyota Camry. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Taurus is safer than the Toyota Camry:

 

Taurus

Camry

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

182

236

Neck Injury Risk

31%

33%

Neck Stress

313 lbs.

462 lbs.

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

93 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

68/69 lbs.

479/545 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

218

240

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

32%

33%

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

81 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

316/229 lbs.

428/419 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Taurus is safer than the Toyota Camry:

 

Taurus

Camry

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

103

144

Abdominal Force

173 G’s

199 G’s

Hip Force

337 lbs.

543 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

46 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

743 lbs.

975 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Ford Taurus has a better fatality history. The Taurus was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 15% lower per vehicle registered than the Camry, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Taurus has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Camry doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Taurus has a standard 600-amp battery. The Camry’s 582-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Taurus has more powerful engines than the Camry:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Taurus 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Taurus 3.5 DOHC V6

288 HP

254 lbs.-ft.

Taurus SHO 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

178 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

268 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Taurus V6 is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:

 

Taurus

Camry

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.1 sec

13.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.4 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

88.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Taurus has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry (19 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Taurus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Camry doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Taurus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:

 

Taurus

Camry

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

11 inches

The Taurus SHO’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Camry are solid, not vented.

The Taurus stops much shorter than the Camry:

 

Taurus

Camry

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Taurus has larger standard tires than the Camry (235/60R17 vs. 205/65R16). The Taurus Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (255/45R19 vs. 225/45R18).

The Taurus SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry LE’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Taurus SE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry LE. The Taurus’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Camry XSE.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Taurus SHO’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Camry doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taurus’ wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Camry (112.9 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Camry.

The Taurus SHO handles at .87 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Taurus SHO executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Camry XLE (26.8 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Taurus (except SHO) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Camry doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Taurus SHO is quieter than the Camry SE (73 vs. 74 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Taurus is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Camry is rated a Mid-size.

The Taurus has .2 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the Camry (20.1 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Taurus’ trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Taurus offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Camry doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Taurus Limited/SHO, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), foot pedal distance and outside mirror angle. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Taurus and the Camry have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Taurus is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Camry prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

On a hot day the Taurus’ driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Camry can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Taurus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Camry doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the Taurus Limited/SHO to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Camry doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The Taurus Limited/SHO has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Taurus and the Camry offer available heated front seats. The Taurus Limited/SHO also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camry.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Taurus Limited/SHO keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Camry doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Taurus Limited/SHO’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Taurus and the Camry offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Taurus has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Camry LE/SE doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Camry doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Taurus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Taurus will cost $620 less than the Camry over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Taurus is less expensive to operate than the Camry because typical repairs cost much less on the Taurus than the Camry, including $90 less for a starter, $115 less for fuel injection, $92 less for a fuel pump, $389 less for front struts and $1025 less for a timing belt/chain.

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